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Harvey Matusow interviewed Charlotte Moorman in New York where she talks about the history of her Festival of Avant-Garde Arts. This talk was recorded in 1970.
Cellist Charlotte Moorman became famous in NYC in the 60's for playing avant-garde music, occasionally in the nude. She was also closely associated with Nam Jun Paik, who wrote many works for her, including the famous one where she wears a bra made up of two mini-TVs. She had a wonderful Southern accent and made quite a presence on stage. She performed at many Fluxus events in NYC in the 60's.
Harvey Matusow, on the other hand, was a charlatan, superb con man, sometimes art dealer and new music producer. He is perhaps more famous for his dealings with the McCarthy House Un-American Hearings in the 50's (see his book False Witness) for which he spent some time in jail. As you could expect, this interview is very very interesting.
Both Charlotte and Harvey are now deceased.
The interview gives you a great idea about the avant-garde scene in NYC in the late 60's.
This audio is part of the collection: Other Minds Audio Archive
It also belongs to collections: Music & Arts; stream_only
Artist/Composer: Charlotte Moorman, Harvey Matusow
Date: 1970-00-00 00:00:00
Source: Other Minds
Label / Recorded by: Harvey Matusow
Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
Carolyn Lechusza -
Subject: Anecdotes from New York Avant GArde Festival?
I am researching audience reactions/anecdotes of the New York Avant Garde Festivals, directed by Charlotte Moorman. If anyone would have any information please contact me at .
Thank you for helping me to document this important festival.
Subject: Moorman and Matusow. Who?
I was at a number of the concerts Charlotte talks about, including Stockhausen's Originale in 1964.
And I knew Matusow in London in the 70's.
Great to hear this interview again!
Additional research informs that this interview was actually done in 1969 and at the BBC studios in NYC.